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Free Must-Have iPad Apps for Special Education


these Apps are recommended by TCEA Free Must-Have iPad Apps for Special Education

ABA Flash Cards & Games – Emotions – This app covers over 20 different emotions via gorgeous flash cards and interactive games.

ABA – Problem Solving – What Does Not Belong? - This game comes pre-loaded with hundreds of unique images to provide hours of learning and entertainment.

Autism Apps - Autism Apps is simply a comprehensive list of apps that are being used with and by people diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome, and other special needs.

Autism Emotion - Autism Emotion uses music and a photo slideshow to help teach about different emotions: happy, sad, proud, and calm.

AutismXpress – This app is designed to encourage people with autism to recognize and express their emotions through its fun and easy-to-use interface.

ChoiceBoard-Creator - It is the perfect app for creating customizable choice boards for the unique needs of individuals with communication challenges. It reinforces correct choice by expanding the selected image as well as playing the customized auditory rewards.

ChoreMonster - Kids earn points by completing their chores or tasks. Earn rewards like ice cream, an hour of Xbox, or a camping trip. Win monsters at the Monster Carnival (over 100 available, more being added monthly!).

Flashcards for Kids – First Food Words - Includes gorgeous photographs that are carefully hand-picked and selected. Additional words are available through in-app purchase.

iTouchiLearn Words for Preschool Kids Free: Spelling, Reading, Letters - Engaging and interactive animations and activities that teach kids about the context of words while making them laugh. Each word game reinforces learning with virtual rewards. Interactive word animations associate words and corresponding action.

Learn to Speak – I Like Fall (Book for Speech Therapy) - Add your own voice to this interactive picture book.

Let’s Build a Bedroom – Build a bedroom with toys, music, and more.

Let’s Name Things Fun Deck - This colorful vocabulary app has 52 illustrated picture cards plus audio of each card’s text. TCEA Free Must-Have iPad Apps for Special Education

Model Me Going Places 2 – This app is a great visual teaching tool for helping students learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slide show of children modeling appropriate behavior.

My First Voice Lite – This app has been created using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to allow children with autism or any other language deficit to easily and effectively communicate their basics needs and wants in five main categories: food, drink, clothing, toys, and emotions using actual photographs and real voices. The Photo and Voice library contains over 100 actual photographs of food, drink, clothing, and toys, nine emotions, and four common requests icons.

My Little Suitcase - My Little Suitcase is a children’s travel application where children pack for their family vacation and choose where to go!

My Little Suitcase – The Memory Board Game - The game involves finding all the cards that go into your suitcase. The best way to do that is to remember where other items from your suitcase are if the other player has previously turned them over.

Snow Wonder - Welcome to Snow Wonder, a winter playground where you can build your own snowman and play in the snow. Pack your choices by dragging them into the suitcase. When you are finished, tap the arrow to go to the snow. Now you can arrange your snowman, making it tall or short, or upside down.

Social Stories Creator and Library for Preschool, Autism and Special Needs – This is an amazing app for easily creating, sharing, and printing educational social stories, visual schedules, and beautiful memories. 20 completed social stories are available for IAP.

Speech Therapy – I Love Mom Picture Book – Add your own voice to this interactive picture book.

A Sunny Day - A Sunny Day is an app for kids with autism to understand simple behaviors in daily life.

Touch and Learn – Emotions - You can use Touch and Learn to teach basic concepts such as "boy vs. girl" or advanced concepts such as feelings (e.g. happy, sad, frustrated, etc.). This game comes pre-loaded with over 100 unique images to provide hours of learning and entertainment.

Verbally - Verbally is an easy-to-use, comprehensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for the iPad. In-app upgrade with more features available.

Visual Cue Lite – This app offers five useful tools for students to learn to communicate through pictures. Additional features available with IAP.

Visual Timer – Time Tracker Pro - Make every moment count with this visual Timer App. Touch the app and move your fingers in clockwise direction to set time.

Reception Teacher

The Reception Teacher is the perfect app for your Reception child.

The Reception Teacher reinforces concepts covered by the UK national curriculum for the Reception year, including basic addition, subtraction, high frequency key words, letter formation and initial letter sounds.

Graphically appealing with super duper rewards for correct answers



Letter Lilies

Letter lilies

Phonics with Letter Lilies is a fun game that helps children to learn to read.

Phonics with Letter Lilies has been devised by Dr Jonathan Reed, Child Neuropsychologist based on his clinical experience and on the latest research in reading.

The key skill in learning to read is developing the ability to phonologically decode words. Language including spoken and written language can be broken down into small units of sound (phonemes). When learning to read children have to work out (decode) the link between symbols (letters) and sounds (phonemes). They then learn to blend the sounds using synthetic phonics to read words. The Phonics with Letter Lilies game teaches children all the phonemes in English.




ani match

AniMatch is great FUN for kids and adults alike!

With its super-cute animal graphics and funny animal sounds, AniMatch is perfect for kids, but loved and played by grown-ups as well, who often get it for their kids and then end up playing it themselves.

AniMatch will keep your kids educationally entertained, all the while developing their concentration, memory, and cognitive skills, and teaching them what sounds animals make. AniMatch will also keep your kids quiet while they play it again, and again and again.... right when you need that much-needed break in a restaurant, on a plane, or in a car.

While kids can play the game all on their own, it is even more fun when you take turns and play AniMatch with them! And, costing less than a pack of bubble-gum, it will be the best money you've ever spent.

AniMatch was designed to be kid-friendly! There are no complicated menus for kids to get confused by, or multiple options to get lost in. The moment the game loads, kids can start playing it right away - it is so simple and engaging that we have seen even 11-month olds interact with it! And 2 to 6 year olds just can't have enough of AniMatch!

This adorable pairs match concentration game also doubles as an animals sound machine.

- UNCOVER A NEW ANIMAL WITH EACH PLAY (31 different animals in total, 10 shown in each game)
- Educational and fun animal sounds - each animal will make its sound when flipped
- Develops memory and cognitive skills
- Keeps kids entertained
- High score and best time
- Adorable graphics
- Fun, Fun, Fun!!!!



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The Collins Big Cat iPad apps are part short story and part story creation tool. Each of these free apps, produced by Harper Collins, contains a short story that students can read to themselves or have narrated to them. The stories contain interactive elements that students can move around on each page of the stories.

After reading and or listening to the story in the app students can create their own stories using settings and characters that match the theme of the story they just read. On each page students can select a background, drag design features into the background, drag characters into the story, add text, and record their own narrations for their stories.

The Collins Big app that I tried was It Was a Cold, Dark Night. In the story I followed a hedgehog as he tried to find a warm place to sleep. The story contained a quiz designed to check my understanding. When I created my own short story the elements that I had to work with matched the tone and theme of It Was a Cold, Dark Night.

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The Collins Big Cat apps recently won the BETT 2013 award for Primary Digital Content and I can see why. Children will enjoy reading the stories and creating stories in all eight of the free apps.


Pocket Phonics
“Best app for learning phonics … Everything is taught exactly as it would be
in school, with the same methods as outlined in the national curriculum.” iPad
for Kids 2013


Puppet Pals
It is fabulous for storyboarding, character writing, speaking and listening as
well as a fun and engaging way of learning


My Story
My Story is the simplest story maker and book creator in the App Store.
Children can draw, use photos, record voice, type, and then send their
finished creations to family and friends


Make yourself, your friend, book character, celebrities or people from the
past come to life.


This American app is a great way for children to read, write and use
numbers to 20.


Kids Counting
Another great APP to encourage children to read and use numbers to 20.


Maths Tree
A simple yet attractive addition and subtraction APP.


Bugs and Numbers
This app will take up a lot of memory but well worth paying for. These are
examples of good quality APPs for Early Years maths.
Busy things
Great Apps covering a range of learning around maths.


Math aged 3-5
Brilliant app that develops number recognition, sequencing and positioning.
Its sister app Math aged 4-6 is also excellent.


Lets Create
Let’s create helps develop creativity, spatial cognition, visual perception
skills, fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, imagination, and executive
functions such as planning and organising.


Puppet Workshop
“Puppet Workshop is possibly one of the best creative apps on the market…
Your child will be brought on a journey of creativity and artistic
wonderment.” – AppAbled


Toca Boca
These are a great selection of role play games that enhance imagination,
understanding, talking and mathematics beyond the screen.


Our children have learned how to use the real robots in class and would enjoy
practising their early programming skills with this app